Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

U.S.: Politische Arithmetik

6 December 1999

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US Department of State International Information Programs

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06 December 1999

Reinsch on Export Controls, Wassenaar Arrangement

(Administration wants to improve export controls focus) (4120)


Thus, our equation is: exports = healthy high-tech companies = strong defense. Cripple our companies by denying them the right to sell, and you set back our own military development.


With respect to export controls, this update rests on three principles: one-time technical review, post-export reporting, and government review of exports to foreign government and military organizations and to nations of concern. Under this new policy, encryption commodities or software of any key length may be exported under a license exception, after a technical review, to commercial firms and other non-government end users in any country except the seven state supporters of terrorism. Further, retail encryption products may also be exported under a license exception to government end users in any country except to the seven state supporters of terrorism, after a technical review. Only non-retail products being exported to government end users will require an individual license. Two weeks ago we circulated to our industry colleagues a draft regulation for their further review and comment. We expect the final product to be published by December 15.